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A.D. is for the Latin "anno Domini" (in the year of our Lord); B.C. 
is for "before Christ".  Both of these terms are consistent with the 
way years are counted: 1 A.D. = "IN the first year of our Lord" (not 
"one year after the birth of our Lord"); 1 B.C. = "in the first year 
before Christ" (not "one year before the birth of Christ").  This is 
a minor distinction, but explains why there is no zero year. [This is 
also consistent with the way history is discussed today.  An event is 
spoken of as happening "in the second year of Bill Clinton's 
presidency"; his inauguration occurred at the beginning of the first 
year of his presidency (not at time zero).]

Many historians and commentators prefer B.C.E. and C.E. (for 
"before common era" and "common era") to B.C. and A.D. since Jesus 
Christ was probably born between 2 B.C.E. and 4 B.C.E.  Again, a 
minor point, but more accurate.

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> From:          "Greg Smith" <strusup(--nospam--at)gte.net>
> Subject:       Re: The Millennium Hoax  
> Date:          Wed, 5 Jan 2000 09:13:36 -0600

> A.D. stands for "after death" when He was (speculatively) 33 years old.  The
> B.C. stands for "before Christ" meaning before his birth.  In this context,
> time stood still during his life on earth.

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